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Florence Sabin

American anatomist, history research paper.

Hannah Shea

on 2 December 2012

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Florence Sabin, an American Anatomist “The name of Florence Sabin will always be revered by anyone who henceforth looks through a microscope at a blood cell.” Florence Sabin was born on November 9, 1871 in Central City, Colorado.

She cared about the wellbeing of all people, helped create improved medical facilities and medicine for the people of Denver and Colorado.

She was involved in helping to pass legislation that improved the healthcare in Colorado and did important research on the lymphatic system and other research that improved general health.

However, Sabin spent most of her life outside of Colorado helping people from Baltimore to New York City. Sabin and her sister, Mary, moved to Forest, Illinois after the death of their mother; they lived with their uncle there.

After Sabin graduated from Vermont Academy, she followed her sister to Smith college in Massachusetts where she earned her bachelors degree in science.

Sabin wanted to attend Johns Hopkins medical school in Baltimore but couldn't afford the tuition.

So instead, Sabin moved back to Colorado to work in the Biology Department at Smith College.

After working at Smith College, she was now able to afford to go to Johns Hopkins where she began a professional relationship with Doctor Franklin Mall; the school's professor of anatomy When Sabin wasn’t researching her controversial topics in the scientific community, she was out in the public pushing for women’s rights.

She was a suffragist, feminist, and scientist working on not only discoveries and research for the medical community but she was also a campaigner for the equal rights of women and the vote.

During her life, Sabin received rewards and/or honors for her successes.

She recieved the Honorary Degree at the University of Colorado commencement exercises, named top woman in the science field, was honored in Woman's Hall of Fame at the World Fair in New York, and there is even a statue of Florence Sabin by Joy Buba in Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C.

She wanted to see more women creating outstanding research discoveries so that in the end, the general public and scientific community will be successful when it comes to understanding and curing sickness and disease. Even after Sabin's final project for the scientific community, she continued helping the state she was born in with its health issues.

Sabin became interested in Denver’s public health issues and was offered a seat by the chairman of the board of directors at Children’s Hospital in 1942

Colorado had very primitive health laws at the time and Sabin also tried convincing the Legislature to improve cleanliness of produced milk, water, and continuously document problems and discoveries to ensure health of people.

While on the board for Public Health, Sabin organized a clean-up of Denver.

Her belief that health facilities should be available to people in cities were so great that she influenced the State legislature to pass four of the six ‘Sabin Bills’ in order to get Denver and most of Colorado back in shape Several years later, Florence was worn out from caring for her ill sister while still recovering from her own sickness. “Sabin sat down to watch the World Series game on October 3, 1953, in which her favorite team, the Brooklyn Dodgers, was playing; she died of a heart attack before the game was over.”

Her life was an example to women and demonstrated how they could become successful in any medical career, especially in research.

Even Sabin, in the early 1900s, was able to accomplish astounding research findings with the technology she had access too.

More than ever, women now have better chances and greater opportunity to discover essential knowledge to aid the medical community.

With Sabin’s help and desire to prove herself, she became a hero to the medical and general community. Eventually, Sabin had a seat on the Anatomy Department and began her studies on the lymphatic system (a controversial topic at the time).

At this point and time for Sabin it was uncommon for women to be accepted into a medical school, but it only drove Sabin more in becoming someone significant to the scientific and general communities.

Sabin believed that men thought of themselves as superior, and she wanted to prove not only to men but to everyone else that women could be just as successful as any man in any career.

In order to prove herself, she believed she would have to keep working and learn as much as she could in order to tackle whatever research was in her path.

After her many years of research and study, her research findings were successful and was given the title of full Professor of Histology in 1917 at Johns Hopkins.

Not only was it impressive that a woman during that period of time was able to receive an award, but she was the very first woman to be given such a reward in medical school. Her interest in blood and blood vessels had led Sabin to the peculiarities of tuberculosis and the immune system’s reaction to it.

She then became a member of the Research Committee of the National Tuberculosis Association and wished to popularize tuberculosis research at Rockefeller University in New York City which was made possible due to the death of professor Mall.

Sabin’s study in the lymphatic system before hand made it possible for her to understand the reasoning why tuberculosis occurred; or more specifically why the immune system reacted due to the sickness.

Her studies in the lymphatic system paved a way for Sabin to solve controversial issues and eventually, understand how tuberculosis affected someone.

This in return would allow someone to discover a vaccine (or some kind of medication) to be given to aid that person and their condition.

Sabin’s final research study of tuberculosis ended in New York (where she was studying antibody information). (Bluemel Florence Sabin, Colorado Woman of the Century. 85) FINISH Bluemel. Florence Sabin, Colorado Women of the Century, 20. Narins, Brigham, editor. 2008. “Florence Rena Sabin.” In Notable Scientists from 1900 to the Present. http://0-ic.galegroup.com.sable.jefferson.lib.co.us/ic/bic1/ReferenceDetailsPage/ReferenceDetailsWindow?failOverType=&query=&prodId=BIC1&windowstate=normal&contentModules=&mode=view&displayGroupName=Reference&limiter=&currPage=&disableHighlighting=false&source=&sortBy=&displayGroups=&search_within_results=&action=e&catId=&activityType=&scanId=&documentId=GALE%7CK1619002626&userGroupName=lsc&jsid=8fbb6c440e882453dd1db019b55175ff Accessed on October 26, 2012

Narins. In Notable Scientists from 1900 to the Present.

Narins. In Notable Scientists from 1900 to the Present.
Narins. In Notable Scientists from 1900 to the Present.
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Narins. In Notable Scientists from 1900 to the Present.
Narins. In Notable Scientists from 1900 to the Present.
Narins. In Notable Scientists from 1900 to the Present.
Narins. In Notable Scientists from 1900 to the Present.
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N.A. In Scientists: Their Lives and Works. Accessed on October 26, 2012
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Narins. In Notable Scientists from 1900 to the Present.
N.A. U.S. National Library of Medicine. The Florence R. Sabin Papers Sabin's Third Career: Public Health in Colorado, 1939-1951. http://profiles.nlm.nih.gov/ps/retrieve/Narrative/RR/p-nid/93 Accessed on November 6, 2012
N.A The Florence R. Sabin Papers Sabin's Third Career: Public Health in Colorado.
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